Coffee Drinkers Have Stronger Bones, According To New Study

For most of us, a morning coffee serves a specific purpose: to help us wake up. But according to new research, it may also be making that kick in your step more robust by strengthening your bones.

The study, by researchers at the University of Hong Kong, looked at 564 Chinese adults who had enrolled in an osteoporosis study and compared the bone mineral density of those who said they drank coffee regularly with those who didn’t.

They found that, on the whole, java lovers had significantly higher bone mineral density, a marker of strong bones.

Specifically, the researchers identified three particular molecules that were associated with both coffee consumption and strong bones that were less likely to fracture.

Though the study was relatively small and based on people’s self-reports of their coffee consumption – an imperfect method – experts who were not involved in the research said it is robust-enough evidence to help settle the score, since past research has been inconclusive about coffee’s effects on bones.

“For all those folks who drink lots of coffee and are concerned about the health effects of coffee, this is good news,” Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Chad Deal, who did not take part in the study, said in a press release. “It appears to show that coffee is, in general, probably good for bone health.”

Overall, health research favours coffee drinkers.

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